Voiceovers and Voice Acting

Voice acting is a growing industry with a growing base of famous, widely-recognized voiceovers. As the world's appetite for consumable media grows, so too does the number of channels through which that media is shared with the public. Traditional platforms like film, television and radio have been joined by a new set of media formats including websites, social media and computer games. The demand for voice actors continues to grow alongside consumer demand for entertainment, advertisement and distraction.

Many actors, celebrities and public figures have tried their hand at voice acting—"Star Wars"' Mark Hamill has voiced the Joker and Wolverine in computer games, actor Jeremy Irons famously brought Scar to life in Disney's "The Lion King," and Antonio Banderas lent his voice to "Shrek"'s Puss in Boots? If you're not already a celebrity, there are still plenty of career voice actors too. Get tips in this playlist to getting your voice heard.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. An accent refers to the way a language is pronounced, whereas a dialect refers to that plus the grammatical rules used in speech. 00:21

  2. When a group becomes distinct, through dress or food or other cultural markers, their accent also becomes distinct. 01:29

  3. The perception of an accent being high- or low-status isn't inherent to the accent. 05:04

Written by Curiosity Staff August 4, 2014

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